Does book blogging enable anti-social behavior?
Posted April 16, 2011on:
I know i’m not the first (or second, or third or tenth or hundredth) person to come up with this, but does reading (and then book blogging) enable antisocial activity? Sure, we talk about books we read and enjoy, and often start conversations with strangers over the summer reading table at Barnes & Noble, but that’s like a 10 minute conversation only after 8 hours of reading.
I’m already a fairly non-social person, does my love for reading (a solitary activity if ever there was one) enable me to be even less social? I’m not a complete hermit, I do hang out with friends quite often (well, often for me). I do get out of the house. But compared to a lot of people I know, I’m pretty non-social.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the company of others. Just sometimes I enjoy my book more.
I’m sure most of you have been in this situation: you’re at work, peacefully eating your lunch in the break-room on at the picnic table out back, thrilled to have to time to enjoy your new book. You’d think the “nose in the book” look would give the tactful impression of “kindly leave me alone”, right? A co-worker (I’m guilty too, I did this to someone last week, and felt awful when the conversation went more than a few minutes) will invariably and usually loudly plop down next to you and ask “whatcha reading?” and a discussion of the book deprives you of your only quiet time of the day to enjoy said book.
On that note, what the hell is wrong with not being super-social? “anti-social” has such a negative ring to it, maybe I should use the word non-social instead. It seems like the parenting tip of “sign your toddler up for day care so they can learn to socialize!” has turned into the idea that adults who don’t socialize as much as possible are defective in some way. That our parents only signed us up for a half hour of daycare once a week when we were 2 years old, so we grew up to be raving anti-social bibliophiles. Or something.
Do you consider yourself to be social? Not very social? Would you rather sometimes spend the afternoon with a book than a person? Has “getting serious about this book blogging thing” enabled you to be even less social than before, because damn it, you really need to finish this book so you can get the review started!